How to Winterize Your Home

21 October 2014 by

Ah, winter. Folks everywhere are preparing the inside of their home for long winter nights and annual family visits by making every inch as warm and cozy as possible. While there’s plenty of shopping and family fun to be had during the season, taking care of the outside of your home is just as important as preparing the inside.

Lawn care items can easily rust or become damaged before next spring if they aren’t properly prepped to make it through the winter months. Blogger Clint Baker recommends changing the oil and filter on your lawn mower first before storing it on his blog, The Redeemed Gardener.

“This simple step gives you an opportunity to check the system for any contaminants and ensure that you’ll start the next mowing season off with a supply of fresh oil,” Baker says in his post, “Winterizing Your Lawn Mower!”

For those living in the harshest zone of the U.S. deemed Region 5 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin – a  step by step guide for winterizing lawn equipment is available on their website, including how to drain gasoline from motors.

Gardening hoses should always be disconnected from outdoor faucets and drained before storing. If not, water could freeze inside the hose itself or inside of the faucet and potentially weaken or split either one. There are several products that wind up gardening hoses for easy storage or homeowners can simply coil and store a hose in a dry area.

The heart and, more importantly during the winter, the heat of a home all come from the furnace. Making sure it works properly before it gets cold outside and replacing the filter are the first steps recommended by most heating and air companies during the cooler months. Global relocation service provider Cartus lists furnace issues as one of its top home inspection issues in their blog post “Top Home Inspection Issues | What, Why and How.” They suggest annual servicing for both types of furnaces (gas and electric), which may be the best option for winterizing as well if the unit hasn’t been looked at by a professional in many years or if the home is newly purchased.

Winterizing doesn’t have to stop at prepping your home and garden equipment. Blogger Kate at How Does She has some fun ways to stay ahead of the game by preparing your skin for the harsh winter cold before it hits. Lip balm, moisturizers and humidifiers await!

Erin Miller
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